1946: Happy 70th birthday to the original motoring ‘Stig’, Swedish rally legend Stig Blomqvist. He contested 122 World Championship rallies, in Saab, Lancia, Talbot, Audi, Ford, Peugeot, Volkswagen, Nissan, Opel, Skoda, Mitsubishi and Subaru machinery, between 1973 and 2006, winning 11 of them and securing the 1984 Drivers’ World title.
1951: Alberto Ascari took the first of his 13 Grand Prix wins, taking his 4.5-litre V12 Ferrari 375 to victory in the German GP at the Nürburgring. The Italian finished half a minute ahead of Juan Manuel Fangio in the 1.5-litre supercharged Alfa Romeo 159.
1973: The Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort claimed the life of talented British racer Roger Williamson after he crashed his Tom Wheatcroft-run March 731 on the eighth lap. Fellow Brit David Purley tried in vain to rescue Williamson from his upturned car, for which he was awarded the George Medal for bravery’. The race was won by Jackie Stewart, who led team-mate François Cevert to a muted Tyrrell one-two, with James Hunt making his first appearance on an F1 podium.
1979: Alan Jones’ second career win came in the German GP. It was the Australian’s first victory for Williams, to add to his one-off success for years earlier. Jones led Clay Regazzoni to the British team’s first one-two, with Jacques Laffite’s Ligier in third place.
1981: Fernando Alonso was born. The only Spaniard to win a World Championship Grand Prix, he’s racked up 32 victories – for Renault, McLaren and Ferrari – to date and took a drivers’ title double in 2005/’06 for Renault.